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Big Weekend enters its final day
By Greg Cochrane
Newsbeat music reporter


Big Weekend stars backstage

Lily Allen will play alongside mainstage headliners The Prodigy on the final day of Radio 1's Big Weekend.

Thousands of music fans have arrived in Swindon for the final day of this year's event, held at Lydiard Park.

Sunday will also see performances from The Enemy, Maximo Park and Franz Ferdinand alongside 25 bands and DJs performing across four stages.

The free festival began on Saturday and featured Kasabian, Basement Jaxx and headliners Snow Patrol.

During Snow Patrol's set, Gary Lightbody and his band played a hit-packed 55 minute set on the main stage.

Their career-spanning show included hits such as Run, Crack The Shutters and Chasing Cars.

Speaking from the stage, he said: "It's our first time in Swindon, we've watched a lot of bands. We're having a wonderful day."

Leaving the site on Saturday night Heidi, 20, from Swindon said: "Today's been amazing, Snow Patrol were brilliant - I'm going to go and see them again and again. Friendly Fires and Deadmau5 too."

The northern Irish rockers, the final band of the night, were introduced by Radio 1 DJs Chris Moyles and Vernon Kay to an ecstatic reception.

Prior to Snow Patrol's set, 25 acts took to four stages as the sun shined across the wooded festival site.

Emo rockers Fightstar and all-girl pop group The Saturdays were amongst the first acts to play on Saturday after the gates opened at midday.

Dizzee at Radio 1's Big Weekend

British rapper Dizzee Rascal drew one of the largest crowds of the weekend. His set included chart hit Dance Wiv Me - where he was joined by Calvin Harris - and current single Bonkers.

"It went off, it went off," said a sweat-soaked Dizzee after his set. "I knew it was going to be a good vibe. Bonkers, bonkers, it went mad."

Calvin Harris, who recently went to number one with I'm Not Alone, said: "It's good, I love Swindon, and I'll come back to Swindon maybe on a holiday!"

Thousands of punters also flocked to see Leicester rockers Kasabian as the sun went down. They played a frantic set including Club Foot and Vlad The Impaler.

Newsbeat caught guitarist Serge Pizzorno. He said: "We've just walked offstage, it was wonderful they were all clapping and cheering. [The crowd were] a lot younger than I expected. Fire was great tonight I thought. They were really loud the crowd - at points, deafening."

Elsewhere on site, Basement Jaxx and Friendly Fires both brought carnival-style stage shows to Swindon.

Florence And The Machine played a surprise acoustic set on the BBC Introducing Stage following a full band set earlier in the afternoon.

The free festival will continue on Sunday and is headlined by The Prodigy along with acts including Lily Allen, Franz Ferdinand and The Gossip.

The event, organised in a different UK location each year, has previously visited Preston and Dundee.

Madonna and The Kooks headlined last year's bash in Maidstone, Kent.

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